Chris Paul had 21 assists, setting the Hornets franchise record. Paul is second only to Steve Nash in his ability to penetrate and dish. That’s good news for Peja Stojakovic who was able to sit at the 3-point line and wait for Paul to find him. Peja set the Hornets franchise record for 3-pointers made with 10, including going 5 for 7 from the distance in the 3rd quarter.
It’s a good thing that Peja can shoot because he can’t play defense. Whenever the Lakers attacked Stojakovic, he provided no resistance, and it usually ended in a lay-up. Peja is the Harold Baines of basketball…If only there was a designated shooter in the NBA.
Look out for David West. At 6 foot 9 and 240 lbs, you don’t expect him to be able to shoot, but he was 2 for 2 from 3-point range and made all 8 of his free throws. If he can consistently hit the mid-range jump shot he will be very difficult to stop and it will give Chris Paul one more option.
The Lakers must love having a player like Ronnie Turiaf. He’s that rare type of player that exudes such enthusiasm it’s contagious. Not only does he fill up the stat box (15 points on 7 for 12 shooting, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists) but he’s so exciting to watch. He always finishes around the rim with monster dunks and is always the first teammate to jump off the bench when another Laker makes a big play.
The Lakers bench continued to contribute. This time they accounted for 37 points. Andrew Bynum had 8 points and 13 rebounds and Jordan Farmar and Vladamir Radmanovic each had 11 points.
The Hornets are now 4-0 and will face the Blazers Wednesday before they will get their biggest test against the Spurs on Friday.